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Impact of Survey Description, Administration Format, and Exclusionary Criteria on Population Prevalence Rates of Problem Gambling

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dc.contributor.author Williams, Robert J.
dc.contributor.author Volberg, Rachel A.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-19T16:38:07Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-19T16:38:07Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Williams, R. J., & Volberg, R. A. (2009). Impact of survey description, administration format, and exclusionary criteria on population prevalence rates of problem gambling. International Gambling Studies, 9(2), 101-117. doi: 10.1080/14459790902911653 en
dc.identifier.issn 1479-4276 (electronic)
dc.identifier.issn 1445-9795 (paper)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/790
dc.description.abstract The present study investigated the impact of survey administration format, survey description, and gambling behaviour thresholds on obtained population prevalence rates of problem gambling. A total of 3,028 adults were surveyed about their gambling behaviour, with half of these surveys administered face-to-face and half over the phone, and half of the surveys being described as a 'gambling survey' and half as a 'health and recreation' survey. Population prevalence rates of problem gambling using the CPGI were 133% higher in 'gambling' versus 'health and recreation' surveys and 55% higher in face-to-face administration compared to telephone administration. If people with less than $300 in annual gambling expenditures are not asked questions about problem gambling, then the obtained problem gambling prevalence rate is 42% lower. When all of these elements are aligned they result in markedly different problem gambling prevalence rates (4.1% versus 0.8%). The mechanisms for these effects and recommended procedures for future prevalence studies are discussed. en
dc.description.sponsorship Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.subject Gambling -- Research en
dc.subject Gambling -- Ontario -- Kitchener en
dc.subject Compulsive Gambling -- Ontario -- Kitchener en
dc.title Impact of Survey Description, Administration Format, and Exclusionary Criteria on Population Prevalence Rates of Problem Gambling en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty Health Sciences en
dc.publisher.department Health Sciences en
dc.description.peer-review Yes en
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en
dc.publisher.institution Gemini Research en


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